Early returns have been impressive as Saints rookie Stephone Anthony settles in at middle linebacker

Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The New Orleans Saints haven’t had enough time to figure out exactly what they have in Stephone Anthony. Not in 15 padless practices. A middle linebacker like Anthony can’t be properly evaluated until he’s fighting off offensive linemen and crashing into running backs. But the early returns have been good. Working almost exclusively with the No.… Continue reading →

Former Saints coach Dick Stanfel, who directed team through final four games of 1980 season, dies at age 87

Dick Stanfel during a news conference Nov. 25, 1980, naming him the new interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints. He replaced Dick Nolan, who was fired. (AP Photo)

Former New Orleans Saints coach Dick Stanfel died earlier this week after a long illness. He was 87. The Chicago Tribune reported Stanfel died Monday in Libertyville, Illinois. The Bears announced his passing Thursday. Stanfel was New Orleans’ offensive line coach from 1976-80. He was interim head coach of the Saints for the final four games of the… Continue reading →

Happy to be back in New Orleans, Dennis Allen hopes to help the Saints improve on defense

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Saints' Dennis Allen laughs while chatting with Rob Ryan at LSU's pro day in March.

New Orleans has always felt like home to Dennis Allen. After getting his start in Atlanta, he left the Saints after five seasons as an assistant to become defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos and then head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Through it all, a piece of his heart remained in New Orleans. “I’ve always said that… Continue reading →

Saints quarterback Drew Brees 'very convinced' he'll win another Super Bowl

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS. Photo shot on 2/07/10 --- Trax #00020378a ---  Slug:  SuperBowl ---New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) savors the moment after the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. Brees was voted Superbowl MVP.

Drew Brees sat down with ESPN this morning to talk about the upcoming season from his passing camp in Florida. Here’s what he said... Continue reading →

New Saints wide receivers coach John Morton ready to lead, mold wide receivers: 'I’ll do whatever it takes to get them ready to play'

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kyle Prater (86) works out during mini camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

John Morton isn’t worried about leadership. While the New Orleans Saints’ new wide receivers coach wasn’t with the program during last year’s 7-9 campaign, he didn’t understand where all the questions about a lack of leadership were coming from during minicamp. “People say you don’t have leaders on this team,” Morton said. “What’s the coach?… Continue reading →

Analysis: There could be much more at stake than expected in Junior Galette’s NFL disciplinary meeting

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) reacts as the final minutes tick away in the 23-15 loss in a NFL NFC divisional football playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Junior Galette’s meeting with the NFL later this month could be more interesting than initially anticipated. A few days ago, it appeared the New Orleans Saints edge rusher was only going to meet with league brass to discuss a domestic violence allegation that Kenner prosecutors determined was not worth pursuing. From outside appearances, the meeting appeared to… Continue reading →

Ready for football season? Running back C.J. Spiller may be ready and six other takeaways from Saints minicamp

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (28) practices in Metairie, La. Thursday, May 28, 2015.

A Saturday six pack of things to take away from Saints minicamp: 1. C.J. Spiller’s the real deal. OK, back in March we pooh-poohed the Saints giving Spiller more money than Mark Ingram even though Spiller was ostensibly Ingram’s backup. Forgive us for not watching many Buffalo Bills highlight films lately. Spiller gives the backfield a combination… Continue reading →

Mannings looking forward to spending time together before season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Eli, Archie, and Peyton Manning pose for a photograph during the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy held at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Friday, July 11, 2014.

Former NFL great Archie Manning couldn’t remember a favorite Father’s Day gift he received from one of his three sons Peyton, Cooper and Eli. He recalled spending too many of the holiday weekends watching one of the three play youth league baseball somewhere in the area. “Usually Thibodaux,” Archie said. “Or Chalmette,” Eli said. “There were… Continue reading →

Biggest storylines from Saints' minicamp: New wrinkles on offense, bottle attack on Ryan Griffin, latest on Junior Galette injury, more

FILE - In this June 4, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller works out during an NFL football organized team activity in Metairie, La. After missing much of last season a shoulder injury, former Buffalo running back has fresh legs and looks ready to be the type of versatile, explosive threat that fits well with the offense of his new team, the Saints.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Listed below are all of our stories that appeared in The Advocate throughout minicamp. For everything else, keep scrolling down the blog. Underhill: Saints introducing several new concepts to their offense Erickson: Elated by fatherhood, new contract, Cam Jordan focuses on living up to expectations Underhill: Young receivers working to learn nuances of offense, get on same page as Drew… Continue reading →

Document explaining Tom Benson ruling unveils new info into mostly secret court process

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Tom Benson leaves for a lunch during a break in his trial at civil district court in New Orleans Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Like other octogenarians, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is not as sharp as he used to be. He suffers from short-term memory loss, and while recovering from a recent knee surgery, he required pain killers so strong that they had him feeling foggy for a bit. Yet, contrary to his… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: After Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson ruled competent to conduct business, now what?

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson leaves civil district court in New Orleans for a lunch break in his competency trial Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Perhaps it was a coincidence. Perhaps not. But on Wednesday afternoon before Judge Kern Reese’s ruling that Tom Benson is competent to conduct his business affairs, Saints coach Sean Payton gave a ringing endorsement for the man he called “a tremendous owner.” And shortly afterward, Eric Gordon officially opted in for the final year of his contact… Continue reading →

Elated by fatherhood, new contract, Cam Jordan focuses on living up to his own expectations

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) practices in Metairie, La. Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Cam Jordan’s life shifted into hyperdrive two weeks ago. First, Jordan signed a contract extension with the Saints, a $60 million extension that could keep Jordan in New Orleans for the next six years, including $33.469 million in guaranteed money, a deal that instantly transformed the standout defensive end into a franchise cornerstone. Nine days later,… Continue reading →

Sean Payton offers support for Tom Benson: 'He's been a fantastic owner'

For the most part, Sean Payton has tried to stay out of the ongoing legal battle between Tom Benson and his children.

Nearly every time he’s been asked, Payton has said his knowledge of the case stems mostly from reading headlines in the news.

And when Payton was asked about the potential decision coming down in Benson’s competency trial, he… Continue reading →

Jairus Byrd appears to be held out of Saints' final minicamp practice

New Orleans heads into its final practice of the summer with one more veteran held out.
Veteran safety Jairus Byrd appears to be held out of Thursday’s practice.
Marques Colston, Junior Galette, Cyril Lemon, Akiem Hicks and Brodrick Bunkley remain present at practice, although out of action.
Hicks and rookie linebacker Davis Tull have spent portions of each practice doing work… Continue reading →

Lewis: Saints optimistic NBA champion Alvin Gentry is right man for Pelicans job

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Coach Sean Payton walks the practice field as day two of 2015 mini camp in Metairie Wednesday got underway.

Sean Payton has yet to meet Alvin Gentry, his soon-to-be counterpart on the basketball side of operations at 5800 Airline Drive. But already he’s jealous that Gentry is coming into the job off an experience Payton is now five years removed from. “When you watch something like that, the very first feeling is jealousy because you know… Continue reading →

Saints notebook: Ryan Griffin meets with media after being attacked with champagne bottle

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- New Orleans Saints quarterback, Ryan Griffin, throws a pass during practice at Saints Camp in Metairie.

The day after the news broke that Ryan Griffin had been attacked with a bottle 10 days before, the Saints quarterback met with the media. And he made sure to take off his hat initially, allowing reporters to see the faint outline of a scar on his upper forehead and his nose. Griffin, who confirmed that the injury had… Continue reading →

Receiver Josh Morgan has made a good first impression at Saints minicamp

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Josh Morgan (17) works out during an NFL football organized team activity in Metairie, La., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. Josh Morgan is going to have to have fight hard if he wants to make the New Orleans Saints’ 53-man roster coming out of training camp, but the veteran receiver is already turning heads. Signed to a one-year contract after impressing during an invitation to New Orleans’ rookie minicamp, Morgan is already beginning to turn heads with his performance… Continue reading →

Saints’ young receivers working to master nuances of the offense, get on same page as Drew Brees

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Brandon Coleman cracks up during stretching as the Saints took to the field for day two of 2015 mini camp in Metairie Wednesday,

There will likely be a moment at some point next year when Drew Brees looks to his left, and then to his right, and is met by the site of several players who will either be new to the offense or did not log many snaps last season. Those players, at least at this… Continue reading →

Notes and observations from the Saints' Wednesday minicamp practice

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Drew Brees directs a receiver as the Saints took to the field for day two of 2015 mini camp in Metairie Wednesday. Luke McCown is left.

Notes and observations for Wednesday’s minicamp practice: Attendance, please: Safety Kenny Vaccaro, cornerback Delvin Breaux, linebacker Junior Galette, defensive linemen Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks, and offensive lineman Cyril Lemon did not practice. Slot business: Rookie Damian Swann received the first-team reps as the nickel cornerback on Wednesday. P.J. Williams was with the second unit and Kyle Wilson was with the third-string… Continue reading →

Photos: Saints work on the fundamentals of running, catching, throwing during minicamp Day 2

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Luke McCown  and Drew Brees take snaps as the Saints took to the field for day two of 2015 mini camp in Metairie Wednesday.

The Saints returned to the practice field Wednesday for the second day of mimi camp in Metairie. The camp is open to the public.… Continue reading →

Kenny Vaccaro, Delvin Breaux off to side on Day 2 of Saints minicamp

Saints secondary teammates Kenny Vaccaro and Delvin Breaux both appear to be out of practice for the second day of the Saints minicamp after coming up hobbled on Tuesday.

Junior Galette, who is rehabbing a pectoral injury, wasn’t present for the second straight day, but the Saints are hopeful he’ll be back for training camp.

Across the rest of the… Continue reading →

Saints’ Marques Colston is glad to be back and ready to help the team however he can

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) makes a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

By his own admission, Marques Colston wasn’t in a good place last season. He didn’t want to be bothered with the media. He didn’t play up to his own standards. Colston was fully invested in New Orleans, and he played to the best of his ability, but it wasn’t his most enjoyable season. When it came to a… Continue reading →

Saints backup quarterback Ryan Griffin suffered multiple stitches in bottle attack on June 7

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- New Orleans Saints quarterback

New Orleans Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin recently received 50 stitches after being struck with a champagne bottle at a Central Business District club earlier this month. Police are actively investigating the matter and have not yet made an arrest. Griffin’s lawyer, Justin Reese, said Griffin was a victim of assault and battery and did nothing to prompt the attack.… Continue reading →

Kevin Williams gives Saints needed veteran presence on defensive line

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Kevin Williams reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game in Seattle. Williams, a six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle now entering his 13th season, practiced with the New Orleans Saints for the first time Tuesday, June 16, 2015, as the Saints opened minicamp. Williams signed with the Saints last Friday  (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

The new guy needed little introduction. His name already carries plenty of weight, particularly in a defensive line room full of young players who grew up watching him dominate the interior of the NFC North for so many years. But Kevin Williams can’t help but wish, at least a little, that the Saints’ young defensive linemen didn’t have… Continue reading →

New Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe happy to be wanted again

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe looks up from the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins have acquired receiver

When Dannell Ellerbe found out that he was going to be traded from the Miami Dolphins to New Orleans, he couldn’t hide his excitement. “I was happy,” the linebacker said. “Wherever I could play for people who want me and play for a guy like (defensive coordinator) Rob (Ryan). ... I knew a couple guys on the team,… Continue reading →

Delvin Breaux's impressive summer work earns Saints cornerback a shot in the slot

. Delvin Breaux might be forcing the Saints’ coaching staff to alter its initial plans for him. Breaux, who took over the spotlight during the final open practice of the Saints’ organized team activities last week, opened Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp working with the first-team defense. This time, though, the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder was working out of the slot. Breaux, the CFL product… Continue reading →

Saints kickers getting three days of advice from a blast from the past - John Carney

Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker are getting a few tips from an experienced old hand during this week’s mandatory minicamp. Former Saints kicker John Carney, who was in New Orleans from 2001-2006 and again in 2009, is back in town to work with the Saints’ two young kickers heading into the offseason. “He’s spending just three days here, just kind… Continue reading →

Observations from the Saints minicamp practice on Tuesday

New Orleans Saints running back Edwin Baker (27) runs through drills during mini camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie

. Updates from Tuesday’s minicamp practice: Attendance, please: Junior Galette and Glenn Foster were not spotted during practice. Wide receivers Marques Colston and Lance Lewis, defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Brodrick Bunkley were observers. Rookie linebacker Davis Tull worked out off to the side. Safety Kenny Vaccaro left the session early. Standout on offense: We’ll go a little further down the… Continue reading →

Saints hopeful Junior Galette back for training camp

The New Orleans Saints are hopeful that outside linebacker Junior Galette will return for training camp, Sean Payton said. Galette, who suffered a pectoral injury last week, was reportedly told the injury could be rehabbed through rest and rehabilitation this week. “We’re optimistic,” Payton said. “I think all along we’ve kind of just been wanting to make sure there were… Continue reading →